Home > Search Results
We found 136 providers with an interest in mood disorders near Chatham, NJ.
Filter By:Showing 1-16 of 136
Try searching by a related specialty:
child & adolescent psychiatrists (35)?
child & adolescent psychiatrists (35)?
, psychiatrists (180)?
What is Pediatric Psychiatry?Growing up isn?t easy for anyone, but when kids need serious help handling issues in their lives, they may be referred to a pediatric psychiatrist. A pediatric psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating children?s and teen?s problematic feelings, thoughts, or behavior. Why should caregivers seek out a pediatric psychiatrist as opposed to a general psychiatrist? Problems can have different symptoms in children than they do in adults, and certain issues (such as ADHD) are more common in children. Children also communicate differently than adults do, especially when it comes to difficult thoughts and feelings. It is important to seek appropriate treatment for kids with a mental illness, because their brains are still developing. Issues that cause significant anxiety, numbness, or poor coping skills in childhood could affect a child?s growth into a mentally and emotionally healthy adult. A good pediatric psychiatrist understands the kinds of issues likely to face young patients, can communicate well with children, and understands how kids fit within the context of their families and school life. Some of the issues that may be treated by a pediatric psychiatrist include:
- Mood disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Substance abuse
- Sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
- Eating disorders
- Conduct disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Trauma and loss
What is Psychiatry?A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who works at the place where the brain and body meet. Psychiatrists understand mental wellness and illness, as well as how illness in the physical body can cause problems within the mind. A patient may see a psychiatrist for a variety of different problems. Some problems come on suddenly and are treated over a matter of days or weeks. Others are long-term issues that can last a lifetime. Feelings of sadness or hopelessness, hallucinations, panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, hearing voices, and compulsive behaviors are all examples of the kinds of issues treated by psychiatrists. Because psychiatrists are medical doctors, they can order laboratory blood work and prescribe medication. Some mental health problems are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and can be treated with medicine that gets the chemical levels back to where they should be. Occasionally a physical health problem such as hypothyroidism (where hormone levels in the body affect metabolism) or a brain tumor can be the cause of problematic thoughts and feelings. In these cases, psychiatrists know that the underlying physical problem needs to be treated in order to correct the mental health disorder; if necessary, they will refer the patient to an appropriate doctor. Like psychologists and counselors, psychiatrists can use talk therapy with their patients. However, psychiatrists have access to additional resources and treatments, such as prescription medication, electroconvulsive therapy (where electric shocks are applied to the brain) to treat severe depression, or hospitalization for patients in crisis. Psychiatrists are also trained in the way substance abuse affects both the physical and mental health of patients and can treat addiction using medication and therapy.
What are Mood Disorders?Mood disorders are mental illnesses that primarily impact a person’s feelings, or mood. A person with a mood disorder might have primarily negative or primarily positive feelings, or maybe very few feelings at all. They might cycle back and forth from feeling unusually down to feeling on top of the world. Mood disorders are challenging to live with and frequently misunderstood, but they are also treatable. The two main mood disorders are depression and bipolar disorder. In depression, people feel unusually sad, empty, hopeless, or unhappy. They may have low self-esteem, a lack of energy, and little interest in the world around them. They may have trouble sleeping and eating regularly. Everyone feels blue now and then, but depression is different. It is much more intense than a typical down day. It lasts much longer, and it interferes with people’s ability to do the things they normally do. At its worst, depression can even lead to thoughts of suicide. Bipolar disorder sometimes feels like depression. But a person with bipolar disorder cycles through periods of depressed mood and elevated mood, or mania. Mania is like the opposite of depression. Manic people might feel invincible and unusually happy. They might talk or move quickly and not need very much sleep. They might spend too much, eat too much, gamble, or engage in risky and impulsive behavior. In severe cases, they may even hear voices or hallucinate. There is a subset of bipolar disorder called bipolar II, with typical depression symptoms but a milder form of mania, called hypomania. Hypomania includes many of the feelings of full mania but fewer of the risky and dangerous behaviors. Approximately six million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder. It tends to run in families, but the exact cause is still not well known. There are several effective treatments available for mood disorders, including medications and talk therapy. Not every treatment will work for every person, so it sometimes takes time to find the right fit. A good mental health professional can help.
Selecting a checkbox option will refresh the page.